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    7 Hours Ago
    He prolly had it saved ...
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    15 Hours Ago
    Dried wood ear fungus? ... It's definitely judging you. That's the way those fungi are. Keep on keeping on. You'll get it right. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
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    3 Days Ago
    LOL ... Not to hijack, LOL, but you're right about the trap-for-pay operations. I should have noted those. This is kind of a trip, though (from Frontier): Not sure what to say after that ...
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    3 Days Ago
    There was one facility out in the middle of nowhere that was taking in kilt hogs, but I remember one of the stipulations was that they had to have been kilt no more than x hours ago, and possibly during a specific time of year (winter). If I come across it again, I'll post it. Small possibility I saved it somewhere. BTW, there is now some knucklehead running around here in a kilt and sandals, and that's on top of the kid wandering through the grocery store in his plaid pajamas and flannel robe (have spotted each of them 2X).... That's not to mention a few other weirdos ... Of which I am not one ...Just sayin' ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    A year or two ago I looked into selling wild hog meat in Texas. I found at least one processor who would buy from hunters. Can't find it now. There were some caveats and some hoops to jump through on the hunters' side, at least, so those might have made things unworkable in the long haul. However, there are programs that will take live, trapped hogs, at least for donation. Haven't come across one that will pay for the meat this time around, though. I know of at least one bounty program, but it doesn't seem to require that the meat be utilized. uh .... ... ... Nom nom nom
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Thanks for looking into that, Bob. There are some donation programs that seem farther along than others in each state. Nobody flame me, but a couple that I can name seem pitiful for as long as they've been around. Not their fault, as grassroots volunteers working with almost nothing. But still, a drop in the bucket compared to what they could be, I think. Throwing out an example: When you only have 12 processors participating in a state with 100 counties, that's a problem. You either need to merge with a more successful program and put your energy elsewhere, or figure out what's not working.
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    3 Days Ago
    What they should do is throw a tax on vegan "food" to pay for all the displaced wildlife that used to thrive on what they want to be fields of tofu and mueslix ---kind of like a sin tax, but call it an angel tax for the do-gooders---and apply that money so that hunters can bring their undressed deer ----Va-va-va-BOOOM!----to the donation centers hassle-free. LOL <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aQGJ2kzew9g" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    3 Days Ago
    I see what you did there ...
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    3 Days Ago
    Years ago when I first looked into this, hunters were paying a fee up front here, either the whole regular price tag or a discounted rate. That seemed to dampen enthusiasm and I don't think it's the case now, at least with the most popular programs. The other thing that seems up for grabs is whether deer can be accepted hide-on. In SC there is at least one processor I know who will take hide-on deer for donation, and this is very popular, particularly with dog-drivers. He's deer only, I think --at least in the fall-- so that might have something to do with it. Then I know when I took a deer to a processor just to be put in a cooler on an extended hunt in NC, they didn't want it hide-on. They were a multi-species processor that advertised deer services, but I guess there was some fine print, LOL. I'm gonna guess you can't have filthy deer hair in the same cooler with nice clean hogs, or something like that, lol.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    The donation programs are genius for these reasons, when you think about it. Plus, the longer I'm on the earth the more people I meet who enjoy hunting but don't care for the meat (or know what to do with it). This seems weird to me, especially in the case of venison, but \_(ツ)_/
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    3 Days Ago
    I think when our donation programs started around here there were some issues getting the processors paid, and I know of a couple of processors I wouldn't just drop off to and expect good results if a paying customer weren't going to hold them accountable. Hopefully the first issue is in the past (?) but I don't know about the second. Doesn't seem like there are enough processors participating, good, bad or indifferent. I'll have to look into it more.
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    3 Days Ago
    You could ... I know you could. Especially if all you shot were the little ones, LOL. "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it." And nowadays there's shrimp tacos, shrimp enchiladas, shrimp fahitos, shrimp kay-sa-dillas, shrimp chiminichangas ... Four is easy ... LOL (too lazy to edit for "deer" or "venison") :tu:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    LOL ... :applause: Two, as far as I can tell ... But I knew that phrasing would come back at me if anyone was paying attention ... LOL
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Something Bob Peck said about personal venison consumption vs. donations made me wonder: In reality (or in your imagination) what do you shoot for (pardon the pun--or not! :bk:) to put in the freezer? I can easily take care of (eat) four deer a year by myself. If I were more consistently more successful, I'm sure I could handle it. Back in the day when I was a lot more social than lately, I used to figure on two more deer for guests/potlucks. So my formula used to be 4+2. I don't think I've ever killed more than seven or eight deer in a year, but that's not for lack of trying. I only remember one wasted deer in my career, but let's just say two for faulty memory. It/those would have been completely my fault, rather than something like a freezer failing or a thousand-year flood, etc. I have forced myself to finish rank deer that might have gotten rank on my watch, but since I couldn't help the circumstances, I sucked it up. Meat grinders, A1, woo-woo, Texas Pete. Lawry's and Cackalacky were invented for a reason .... I've never made a formal venison donation. I've given gifts or done favors or handed some off to people I knew could use it or who were down on their luck and asked me, but other than that I like venison too much to give it away. I also like processing it (assuming I have the time) so dropping it off somewhere so it can be given away just because I don't have time for it isn't my thing. (To each his own, though.) If I had more time: ""I think we're gonna need a bigger freezer." What say you?
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    So that would make you ... Bertie? :p
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    4 Days Ago
    *****Correction: I remember a Remington pump shotgun with a thumbhole that went down in the same canoe accident. I bought it for predators/nuisances, loaned it out for turkeys. It felt good from the sit, but same issue on the move. *****
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I have only had one thumbhole, a Boyd's on a Knight muzzzleloader that would shoot "lights-out"--- if it weren't at the bottom of the river because of a tragic canoe accident. I found the thumbhole a bit awkward to do any spot-and-stalk or sneaking with, but it's probably something you'd get used to in time. Thumbholes do feel good on the bench or from the shoulder. You are right about the stability, I think. If I knew a long gun were going to be used mostly on the move, though, I'd choose a traditional stock in a do-over.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    LOL ... Perfect video clip for the occasion, too. :beer:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Very nice. How do you like the thumbhole stock so far?
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    1 Week Ago
    Lol . Don't know they'd compare fox to gray but "there's no reason to be afraid." LOL
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Glad you're okay. There was a guy nearby who (legend has it) was beheaded when a deer he hit flew over the hood of his pickup, blew through the windshield and crashed the cab window to land in the bed. I can't find it on the innerweb but I'd say it was 15-20 years ago or maybe longer, so possibly it hasn't been archived. However, there's lots of other good beheading stuff going on in the state in modern times, apparently! On my way to Camp Swampy one day, I had a tom turkey with an impressive beard almost come through my windshield as it flew across the highway about a mile from camp. I didn't get to notice his spurs, LOL, but that's how you know you're in a good area, I think.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    When I was more regularly hunting in the mountains, I was trying to figure out how to put a brake system on a cart. Never got very far with it, but my Pro Tip is to consider building one from scratch or Frankensteining something with brakes in mind. Nothing like riding on your ass down the mountain holding on to the deer cart like Max the Dog holding on to the Grinch. Watching your deer go down from the stand: Then it seems there could be trouble: The moment you realize you've made a huge mistake: And that face when you know you need Santa, or a new friend with a four-wheeler, or at least a good idea and some welding skills:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Cool. Never seen anything like either of those around here that I recall.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Very, very nice buck! Congratulations. I love the smell of a 180-yard not-unfair advantage in the morning. It smells like ... victory. I think anyone who has bow-hunted either exclusively or near-exclusively as l̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶ enthusiastically as most of us have gets a little satisfaction from that kind of shot, even if some won't admit it. Hell, if deer had any more advantages we'd all throw up our hands, walk down to the river, and convert to rabbit hunting. 'Round here, that 170 buck would be technically wearing a cloak of invincibility, as it is illegal to shoot a deer with any part of its body in the water in SC, or swimming or in water above its knees in NC. technically*, son! (Boy's about as sharp as a bowling ball, you know." ] Last I knew, Virginia had no such rule, but a few for hunting from boats, if I remember. I'll bet that buck used that path and its crossings on a regular basis. Did you ever try to set up on him? Exit question: Next deer you get that far from the vehicle---Are you gonna go get a cart or quarter him on the spot? :wave:
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Happy Thanksgiving back at you, Billy. Nothing going on up here with us chickens. I ran across a guy with an *outrageous* Brooklyn accent just the other day ... Apparently dis is where da money is ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    What were you wearing?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    "...nuttier than Mr. Peanut's pool party." ----Jonah Goldberg, as far as I know, or some unknown comedy genius I should sit a hunting blind with some time as soon as possible
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